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Top Ten Tips for dressing a petite frame

Posted on April 03 2017

We are delighted to have Hannah Hughes, foremost Fashion Editor set out her top tips for dressing a petite frame. Hannah has worked as a fashion editor for the past ten years at various monthly and weekly fashion magazines. Being 5' 2" she classes herself as a tall petite and has had 37 years to work out the rules of petite dressing. She lives in Brighton with her partner and small daughter.

Top Tip No 1

One colour dressing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to lengthen the body.

Top Tip No 2

Matching your shoes to the bottom half of your outfit (especially trousers) helps draw a continual line - therefore elongating the body.

Top Tip No 3

Follow the ‘rule of thirds’ and place colour at the top third of your body to draw the eye upwards and create the illusion of height.

Top Tip No 4

Wear fitted garments – this doesn’t mean tight, just tailored, form-fitting. Baggy clothes will make you look heavier and shorter.

Top Tip No 5

Trousers and skirts that sit on your natural waistline or higher add the illusion of longer legs.

Top Tip No 6

Make sure that your tops stop at the hipline or above. Longer tops will make your legs appear shorter.

Top Tip No 7

Go for small prints. Large patterns will overpower your small frame.

Top Tip No 8

Choose vertical stripes, seams, side slits and pleats which will all help elongate your frame. Create vertical lines with open straight jackets, coats and cardigans.

Top Tip No 9

Avoid wide or bright horizontal stripes. Thin or faint coloured stripes can be worn. Embrace the trusty breton stripe top which is a rule breaker and looks great on most petites.

Top Tip No 10

Pick shoes that give the illusion of longer legs. Skin tone shades, pointed and deep v styles all work wonders. Avoid ankle straps and styles that cover too much of the foot.

Bonus Tip !

Keep belts thin and match them tonally to your outfit. Wide or contrasting coloured belts will cut your figure in half and break up the vertical illusion of height.

Well, we are very grateful to Hannah for sharing her experience in dressing as a petite. We are also really excited that she will be sharing further style advice for us petites in the coming months. If you sign up to our newsletter, we will let you know as soon as we have more style advice from Hannah.


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